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Blackboard to expand support for massive online courses

A company best known for helping colleges around the country run their classroom and online courses announced Wednesday it was expanding its support for MOOCs, or massive open online courses. … Full story »

Kuster writes letter to House leadership, urging fix for student loan interest rates

Rep. Annie Kuster continued her efforts to stop interest rates on Stafford student loans from doubling this week, sending a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader … Full story »

Stanford University study shows nation’s charter schools are improving

Charter schools around the country are improving but give students only a slight edge over their peers in reading and math, according to a study from the Center for Research … Full story »

Parents of truant students charged this week in two NH communities

It’s been a rough week for parents of truant students. Last Wednesday, police in Ossipee announced they had charged a 34-year-old mother in connection with the chronic truancy of her … Full story »

Dodgeball ban reversed in Windham schools

Dodgeball will be back in Windham schools next year, after the town School Board voted this week to allow modified versions of the game and other “human target” games. The … Full story »

National grad rates up for third consecutive year

The nation’s graduation rate has posted a solid gain for the third straight year, a new national report from Education Week magazine found this month. The nation’s graduation rate has … Full story »

U.S. Department of Education data shows more students caught with guns at school in last few years

The number of students caught with guns at school in the last few years has gone up, despite increased security measures at school building across the country, according to new … Full story »

U.S. Senate committee set to unveil bill to reauthorize No Child Left Behind

The United States Senate is set to review legislation to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act, which would require states to set achievement and growth target for students, including … Full story »

More college grads leave New England than other regions, study finds

New England ranks lowest of any United States region for retaining its college students after graduation, a new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston found. One reason, suggested … Full story »

Smarter Balanced, set to replace NECAP in 2015, releases practice tests

Parents and teachers interested in learning more about the kind of standardized test their students may be facing in 2015 can now do so online. The Smarter Balanced Assessment, which … Full story »

Fiscal 2011 marks first year in decreased per student spending since 1970s

Fiscal year 2011 marked the first decrease in per student public education spending since the U.S. Census Bureau began collecting the data on an annual basis in 1977, according to … Full story »

UNH logo redesign sparks anger, questions of funding

It started as an attempt to bring the University of New Hampshire’s public image into the modern age. But in the days since the university unveiled three new logo designs, … Full story »

School district fights back after Florida girl banned by judge from school

A Florida school district is appealing a decision issued by a Duval County judge last month, banning a 14-year-old student from all public schools in the county. The female student, … Full story »

Study finds school climate key to student success

A review of research by experts at the National School Climate Center determined this month what many educators have been saying for years: school climate matters. Reviewing more than 200 … Full story »

Survey: high school students know little about the debt they’ll take on during college

No surprise here: a recent survey found that all high school seniors have no idea how much money they’ll need to borrow to pay for college. The survey, conducted by … Full story »

Nashua’s Kurup presents at White House Science Fair

Nashua’s own “Top Young Scientist” was at the White House Monday morning to participate in the third annual Science Fair. Nashua South student Deepika Kurup presented her award-winning science project … Full story »

Windham dodgeball ban gaining national attention

Students attending Windham schools won’t be dodging balls during gym class anymore, after the school board voted last week to ban dodgeball and other “human target” sports in a 4-1 … Full story »

State hopeful NCLB waiver could be approved in coming weeks

New Hampshire Deputy Commissioner of Education Paul Leather said he’s hopeful the state is “closing in” on word of whether its waiver of No Child Left Behind will be approved … Full story »

Fidelity college savings survey shows more students pitching in on college costs

The rising cost of higher education is no new issue: around the country, tuition levels increased an average of 8.3 percent at public institutions last year. And the costs are … Full story »

Summer course for youth explores magical world of Harry Potter

The University of New Hampshire will host its first Massive Online Course for Kids (MOCK) this summer, exploring the world of Harry Potter with young learners. “Harry Potter as Storytelling: … Full story »

Congress tweaks punishment for states that run afoul of IDEA rules

The federal government is cracking down on states that break rules for special education funding, punishing them under a new tweak to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The change, … Full story »

Keene State Colleges names new president

Keene State College announced its 10th president Tuesday: Dr. Anne E. Huot, who brings 23 years of academic leadership experience to her new post. For the past six years, she … Full story »

Nashua South seniors represents NH in Washington, D.C.

Nashua South senior Allison Thompson headed to the nation’s capital this week, where she joined other students from around the country as part of the 2013 U.S. Senate Youth Program. … Full story »

ASD hosts statewide charter school conference Friday

NASHUA– The Academy of Science and Design Public Charter School hosted a statewide “best practice” conference Friday for members of the New Hampshire Public Charter School Association. More than 100 … Full story »

Some colleges, universities may sue Obama administration over new student loan rules

Historically black colleges and universities are considering filing a lawsuit against the Obama administration over new federal aid policies that disproportionately affect their students, according to a story by the … Full story »

NH lawmakers shoot down bill that could have armed teachers

On Wednesday the House rejected a bill that would have let school districts vote on allowing teachers and other employees carry guns. The House voted without debate to kill the … Full story »

World Academy’s Flat Stanley project gets presidential treatment

When World Academy second grader Christine Nadeau sent “Flat Stanley” to Washington, D.C., she was surprised to hear back from President Barack Obama himself. “Your friend’s visit came at a … Full story »

Free college planning available at Plymouth State this weekend

Need some help wading through the applications and financial aid offers that come along with the move to higher education? The NHHEAF Network will be handing it out for free … Full story »

South Dakota becomes first state to allow armed teachers in classroom

Teachers can now carry weapons into the classroom in South Dakota. Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed House Bill 1087 into law Friday, enabling state school board to “supervise the arming of … Full story »

Study finds best, worst teachers can be identified early

It’s long been known that just a few years of classroom experience can boost a new teacher’s effectiveness, but new research suggests that the most- and least-effective elementary teachers show … Full story »

Gov. Hassan to reappoint state Ed Commissioner Virginia Barry

Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Tuesday plans to reapppoint education Commissioner Virginia Barry for a second four-year term. “Preparing our young people for the jobs of today and tomorrow means ensuring … Full story »

Academy for Science and Design students shine with FIRST team

The Academy for Science and Design’s FIRST Technical Challenge team has been busy the past few months, starting with a demonstration at Maggie Hassan’s inauguration celebration and continuing with a … Full story »

More colleges and universities paying less attention to SAT, ACT scores

When I was in high school (not too long ago), taking the SATs and ACTs, as well as a couple SAT subject tests, wasn’t an option for a college-bound student. … Full story »

State’s FIRST Robotics competition kicks off Friday

As doors opened to the Verizon Wireless Arena by 8 a.m. Friday morning, teams of high school students from around the state were already busy inside, preparing their self-designed robots … Full story »

Education secretary Duncan called out over “pink slip” claims

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has taken some flack this week after claiming- erroneously- that teachers are “getting pink slips” already as the sequester looms. Duncan made the claim on … Full story »

Study finds females are equally as math-abled as males

While studies consistently show that males perform better in math, new research shows that most of those studies- which are based on a single-event math contest- throw the towel in … Full story »

How will sequestration impact education?

If you’re an educator, parent or student, you may be wondering a lot about the sequestration cuts that will take effect on Friday. In all the talks about sequestration, cuts … Full story »

Do panic buttons mean safety, or fear, for students and staff?

Schools around the country have spent the months following the Newtown, Conn. school shooting coming up with ways to make their staff and students safer. In Nashua, those talks have … Full story »

Common App prepares for some significant changes next year

Today’s high school juniors will face some significant changes to the Common App when applying for colleges beginning next fall. Starting Aug. 1, students will no longer be able to … Full story »

Is education in the U.S. fair?

Concerns about inequalities in the U.S. education system is nothing new. Advocates have long called out issues ranging from the availability of good teachers to the amount of money spent … Full story »

Rhode Island schools begin offering credit, ‘badges’ for learning outside of school

While many schools encourage students to get real-world learning experience outside of school, few offer credit for students who do. The Providence, R.I. school district, however, is embracing the idea, … Full story »

Study finds that most states lack data on principal effectiveness

Principals are becoming increasingly important in education reform and debates over school improvement, but how well can states ensure they are prepared for those vital roles? A new study found … Full story »

Online class on how to teach online classes goes ironically awry

Online education took a hit last month when criticism of an online course-- which, ironically, was about how to teach online courses-- went viral. The course was one example of … Full story »

Granite State College named near top of online bachelor’s programs

Granite State College was honored this week for their online Bachelor’s degree programs by U.S. News and World Report. GSC was ranked 27 out of 237 institutions that met the … Full story »

State receives low marks on teacher preparations policies

When it comes to preparing its teachers for the field, New Hampshire does not get top marks- but it is improving. The state received a C- for its teacher preparation … Full story »

Dartmouth College will no longer accept AP courses as college credit

For a student heading to Dartmouth College in the fall, Advanced Placement classes were likely a constant in their high school schedules. But beginning in the fall of 2014, those … Full story »

New Hampshire receives failing grade in reform from education advocacy group

In Michelle Rhee’s eyes, the Granite State is failing in its education reforms. The former chancellor of schools in Washington, D.C. leads the StudentsFirst advocacy group, which has pushed an … Full story »

Study finds success in math depends on motivation, study habits

Turns out, your parents were right: it is important to work hard and development good study techniques. A new study shows that math skills depend more on motivation to do … Full story »

More professions now need higher degrees

Students, parents and educators in recent years have complained about the rising increases in the cost of obtaining a college degree. But that’s not the only increase surrounding higher education: … Full story »

Want to get a degree with your cellphone? You now can!

Walk around the campus of the University of New Hampshire, or really any college or university campus for that matter, and you’ll likely see a common scene: students walking down … Full story »

Five states to add at least 300 extra instructional hours to school year

Starting next year, students in five states may find themselves sitting at their desks for as many as 300 extra hours. Starting in 2013, Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and … Full story »

Report shows mixed results from schools utilizing federal School Improvement Grants

Two-thirds of underperforming schools that used federal School Improvement Grant money to reform their education made gains in math or reading, but another third saw student achievement drop in their … Full story »

Bullied for brains? Report finds British children teased over intelligence

More than 90 percent of British children have been bullied or have witnessed someone being bullied due to their intelligence or talent, a survey by the U.K.-based Anti-Bullying Alliance has … Full story »

Nation’s only federall-funded school choice voucher program questioned

New Hampshire’s school choice voucher program, which began earlier this year, was a topic of contention during the gubernatorial race this fall. Gov.-elect Maggie Hassan often spoke out against the … Full story »

Nashua eighth grader wins annual Constitution Day essay contest

Nashua eighth grader Benjamin Swain, a student at Fairgrounds Middle School, was named the statewide winner of an annual Constitution Day essay contest, organized by the New Hampshire Supreme Court … Full story »

What do election results mean for future of NH education?

Among the biggest election news in New Hampshire is the fact that the Granite State is the only one in the nation to have an all-female Congressional delegation and female … Full story »

Chicago schools aim to boost parent involvement with gift cards

In need of a $25 Walgreen’s gift card? All you need to do is hop on a plane, move to Chicago, and be involved in your children’s school. In fact, … Full story »

Gate City schools prepare for presidential elections

Election season is a busy one for us in the news business, just as it is for politicians in all variety of positions. Presidential candidates are making their final stops … Full story »

L.A. set to lose $40 million in federal funds after teachers resist evaluation changes

One of the largest school districts that planned to apply for a federal Race to the Top grant- making it a competitor of the Gate City school system in the … Full story »

Report finds feds don’t do enough to track charter funding

An audit of the U.S. Department of Education’s division overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars in charter school funding has criticized the office for failing to sufficiently monitor how states … Full story »

What would it take to feed New England sustainably? UNH hopes to find out

With all the talk about organic goods, sustainability and local farming in recent years, it can make one wonder-- is a sustainable New England even possible? Well, researchers at the … Full story »

UNH receives $3.4 million grant to address gender imbalance in STEM faculty

University of New Hampshire science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students can expect to see a lot more female faces at the front of their classrooms in the coming years, … Full story »

Student debt rises again in New Hampshire: what do politicians say about it?

For the second year in a row, the Granite State has received an unfortunate distinction: the state with the highest average student loan debt. Students graduating from New Hampshire colleges … Full story »

Nashua high schooler wins national science award

A Nashua High School South freshman has been named the winner of a national science competition-- a title that earned her $25,000 and plenty of esteem. Deepika Kurup won the … Full story »

Obama, Romney ed advisors debate plans, role of federal government

While President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney disagree on many things-- the economy, job creation, taxes, gay marriage and abortion, just to name a few-- when it comes … Full story »

Nearly two months after start of school, battle over meal changes wages on

Students across the country came back to the school cafeteria this year facing more fruits and vegetables, increase whole grain offerings and less calories. And while some students likely did … Full story »

Technology in schools: Is there such a thing as too much?

It’s a topic discussed more and more in today’s schools: how to get more technology into the hands of students. Alvirne High School joined others in the region this fall … Full story »

Florida sets off firestorm with ethnicity-based standards

The Florida Department of Education has been getting plenty of negative attention this week, after its state Board of Education approved a plan that will judge the achievement of public … Full story »

College planning just got a little easier

Any high school junior or senior (or, really, anyone who graduated from college in the past several years), can attest to it: higher education costs are going through the roof. … Full story »

Texas creates pathway to a $10,000 college degree (including books) 

It’s an idea that may seem like a pipe dream to many New Hampshire families: getting a bachelor’s degree for only $10,000.  But for a growing number of Texas students, it’s … Full story »

Are students paying enough attention to science?

Just days after the state released science NECAP results showing most Granite State students still performing poorly, the National Science Board shared concerns that states are cutting back too much … Full story »

UNH ranks in top 20 for return investment

As student loan debt in the country has ballooned to more than $900 billion-- higher than the nation’s total credit card debt-- the cost of a higher education has been … Full story »

Is the future of new Granite State charter schools in jeopardy?

This week, the state Board of Education voted to enact a moratorium on new charter schools in New Hampshire, citing a lack of state funding.  It’s a decision that came as … Full story »

iPads replace textbooks at some U.S. schools

In Marysville, Wash., students in grades six through eight are finding themselves with backpacks that no longer weigh heavy on their young shoulders, after their school voted to switch out … Full story »

Wisconsin students strike against new federal calorie limits on school lunch

Changes have hit school lunch lines around the country this year, after the USDA enacted stricter limits on calories and types of foods that can be offered.  The changes have encountered … Full story »

New Hampshire rates low on “parent power” index 

As a parent, how much access do New Hampshire residents have to their schools, educational choices and the officials who can help make their children’s lives better? According to the … Full story »

U.S. preschool enrollment lagging 

A new study found that the United States lags behind most of the world’s leading economies when it comes to providing early-childhood education opportunities to young children.  That study, conducted by … Full story »

How do you remember September 11th?

For me, Sept. 11, 2001 will always be tied to school- that’s where I was when I first heard about the attacks on our country.  I can see the moment like … Full story »

Study finds many families worried about college costs

How much do you really know about planning and saving for college? If you’re like a lot of people, you may feel overwhelmed by the costs of higher education.  A recent … Full story »

Are Americans getting an education in dissatisfaction?

When you think about the state of public education in the country, the state, or your city or town, what do you think? Are you happy with the educational reforms … Full story »

The “most beautiful” public schools in the world?

I think many of you, like myself, probably look back on your days in school and remember bright hallways covered in bulletin boards and student artwork. There were the rows … Full story »

Should the federal government require that students know more before they owe?

The Telegraph ran a six-day series two weeks ago highlighting the rising costs of higher education in New Hampshire’s public institutitions. But it’s by no means a purely local problem.  Around … Full story »

Academy for Science and Design holds first event in new Nashua location

Students and their families will get a first glimpse of the Academy for Science and Design’s new Nashua location this weekend, as the charter school hosts a back to school … Full story »

x+y=? Should America stop teaching algebra?

For those of us who distinctly remember sitting in math class, staring at equations full of letters and numbers and being utterly confused (myself included- that’s why, after all, I … Full story »

How many burritos (or rolls of toilet paper) can you buy with your debt?

Earlier this week, a nonprofit organization call Young Invincibles, which works to represent the interests of today’s young Americans, released a report on the impact of growing student debt. The … Full story »

Thank you all and a brief goodbye 

Today is my last day at The Telegraph as education reporter, as I will soon begin my pursuit of a master’s degree at Boston College.  I want to offer my thanks … Full story »

Degrees of Debt: Series begins Aug. 12

If I told you median income in New Hampshire has increased 23 percent in 20 years, by how much would you guess college tuition has jumped? Thirty percent? Fifty percent? … Full story »

How does U.S. fare in Education Olympics?

The London Summer Olympics is upon us, and the United States are expected to bring home the most gold medals of any country -- as usual. But how does our … Full story »

Graduate certificate course offered at UNH could be a sign of things to come

In four weeks, UNH will launch its first course as part of a new graduate certificate program in geospatial science. Applied GIS for Research is a four-credit, two-week course, from … Full story »

Is college worth the investment?

To some, that might seem like a silly question. College shapes young men and women socially and professionally, to the point that degree-holders earn significantly more money over the course … Full story »

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Danielle Curtis has a strong background in education and began covering the subject for The Telegraph in August 2012. She has previously worked as an education reporter in Rochester, NH.

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